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Petition-Gate

This Letter to the Editor deserves to be memorialized online.

Thanks to the author for permission to re-print it here.

The time for change in the City of Madeira Beach arrived on Tuesday, March 14. The citizens trounced the incumbent Mayor and disappointed two district seat contenders.

Despite the Mayor’s constant declaration of his accomplishments, it rings hollow with a constituency that lost trust. It’s history now, but in Spring 2016, a poorly worded referendum attempted to dupe voters into giving up rights ...

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2017 Madeira Beach Election Clean Sweep!

Official results are in and all three of the challengers win! Maggi Black, Nancy Oakley and John Douthirt all won easily!

Maggi Black won the mayoral race with 55% of the votes. Nancy Oakley won the race for district 3 with 61% of the votes and John Douthirt won district 4 with 55% of the votes (in a three-way race!).

The Beach Beacon and Bay News 9 reporting on the results.

Here are the “unofficial” results from Tuesday, March 14th, ...

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Sunshine Lawsuit Update – March 6, 2017

Judge Voids Housh Ghovaee’s Appointment to the Madeira Beach Board of Commissioners

The City of Madeira Beach, Mayor Palladeno, and Commissioners Lister and Hodges Violated the Florida State Sunshine Law

Ghovaee was appointed to the City Commission in July 2016 to fill the District 4 seat vacated by Pat Shontz. This ill-advised and illegal appointment contained a variety of errors on the part of city officials.

The actions of the Mayor and Commissioners violated the state’s Sunshine Law. The appointment of Ghovaee was ...

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Citizens’ Sunshine Lawsuit Against the City is Set for Trial

Trial will be in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Pinellas County

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 3:15 PM 

Non-Jury trial to adjudicate the appointment of Housh Ghovaee to a vacant seat on the Madeira Beach City Commission.

This hearing will be held in the judge’s chambers so there will be no room for spectators. Results will be posted on this site so look for them here!

Friday, March 3, 2017, 9:00 AM

Summary Judgement for the public release of ethics complaints filed against Madeira Beach officials. ...

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City Manager Tries to “Hoodwink” the Voters!

A recent e-mail from city manager Shane Crawford claims the reason for dismissal of the petition lawsuit against the City was that the plaintiff’s attorney had taken no action against the City’s Motion to Dismiss in November. That claim is totally untrue.

Here is the real truth, with evidence. What actually happened is: the office of the City’s attorney submitted a fraudulent Proposed Order to the judge on October 27 stating that he and the plaintiff’s attorney had negotiated and agreed ...

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City Served: Amended Sunshine & Public Records Violations

The Flowers Are for You, Ken!

We are delighted that you have filed this complaint to stop Mayor Palladeno, City Commissioners and City Manager Shane Crawford from actions that are:

  • damaging to our city and
  • more importantly, potentially ILLEGAL.

This appears to be the only way to stop this group, coached by the city’s attorney, Tom Trask.

Below is an excellent article with an overview of what is going on with this legal action.

Tampa Bay Times article by Sheila Mullany ...

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Letter to the Editor by Kenneth L. Weiss, Esq.

This letter has been submitted to the Tampa Bay Times for publication. We wanted to post it here as well just in case the editor decides not to publish this.

Editor,

Re: Madeira Beach approves redevelopment despite objections from 1000
voters.

Once more elected official gave the voters a middle finger. This time it’s
the Madeira Beach commission that rejected a petition to schedule a
referendum to repeal a proposed zoning ordinance that permitted increased
height and density for two proposed developments. More ...

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City Hall Closes for Colin

A Full Service City?

How can it be that a city such as Madeira Beach, which touts itself as a FULL-SERVICE city is closed on Monday, June 6 – as tropical storm Colin moved into our vicinity… to come inland 100 miles or so north?  

The Mayor proudly & loudly proclaims that Madeira Beach is a full-service city.  But, we may have had the ONLY city hall that closed in the state of Florida.  No other cities in our area were forced by ...

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